You’ve all heard stories about Transylvania, be it historic tales about the seven Saxon medieval fortresses that stand at the origin of Siebenbürgen, geographical testimonies about the ‘land beyond the forest’, scientists and environmentalists statements on the local methods of farming and living of the land being essential for the survival of a rich, varied and very well balances ecosystem. And you’ve all seen documentaries about the brown bear. But what if your curiosity was to be satisfied not with television documentaries or stories in the local paper, but rather with an immersion into the reality? What if you chose the Szeklerland for the perfect nature break?
Day 1 In the morning we leave Cluj in the direction of the sunrise. A first introduction to the Szeklerland will be in Targu Mures where we get to visit the Palace of Culture, the most remarkable Belle Epoque building in Transylvania. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, in only 2 years, the Palace shelters remarkable stained glass windows.
Continue towards the sunrise with two stops on the way: one to see the village where an ancestor of the British Royal Family was born and second to use an unusual straw hat museum. In late afternoon we will get to meet our Szekler local guide who will take us to watch the brown bears enjoying their dinner. Overnight in the Szeklerland.
Day 2 In the first half of the day we shall visit a salt mine, admire some traditionalSzekler wooden gates and meet some local craftsmen in Corund, a village famed throughout the country for the decorated pottery. In the second half of the day we shall spend some beautifull hours horse riding in Transylvania’s famous Székely region. It’s a unique opportunity to explore the beautiful Székely countryside, which is famous for its traditional farms. Led by your friendly and knowledgeable English speaking guide you will be taken on horseback into the Harghita region. You will ride for 4 hours (including training) through Middle Age villages, untouched forests, and green fields seeing the Transylvanian landscapes at their best. Overnight in the Szeklerland.
Day 3 Early departure before dawn towards a wild animal reserve to see some wild boars, wolves, deers, mouflons, elks. Start heading back to Cluj. Make two stops on the way to visit the Szekler fortified churches of Mugeni and Darjiu (the last one being a UNESCO site), both of them dating back eversince the Middle Ages and preserving fragments of the original interior painting. Last stop shall be in Archita, where we can visit the Saxon fortified church, trying to find the difference with the previous two. Arrival in Cluj in the evening.
Appropriate outdoor clothing we recommend: walking boots, hiking pants, midlayers, waterproof jacket. This tour can be combined with the Sighisoara Tour.
In autumn, we have the possibility to listen to the deer beeling.
This tour may partially be subject to weather conditions.